Ralph W. Stacy - Community/ Public Service and Retired Local Businessman
Ralph W. Stacy graduated in l96l from Eagle Township High School-now Zionsville High School. Ralph attended college and worked primarily at William H Block, Indianapolis before being drafted into the U.S. Army in l966, stationed at Ft. Knox, Ft. Dix, and Wurzburg, Germany with the 3rd Infantry Division. He married Janice LaBolt in l967 and they lived in Germany for a year and traveled to many countries while in Europe.
After returning from the Army, Ralph completed his degree from the University of Indianapolis with a B.S. in Business Administration with a minor in Economics. On December 18, 1972, they started their business in Zionsville, Stacy LaBolt’s Fine Ladies Apparel. They retired from the business after 35 years in August, 2007.
Ralph and Jan raised three children, who are all ZCHS graduates: Ralph ’90, Lora ’94 and Ryan in 2000 and are college graduates.
Ralph’s life has revolved around his family, community service work, which is impressive. In l974 the Stacy’s co-founded Zionsville’s Christmas in the Village, which has become a popular fixture in the community after 40-plus years. He served on the Board of Directors of Boone County State Bank for over ten years, a member of the Lincoln Park Advisory Committee, a recipient of the Jaycee Distinguished Service Award in 1979, chairman of the Zionsville Party in 1979, Board Member and Past President of the Greater Zionsville Chamber of Commerce and awarded the Town Crier Award in 1981 as well as Brick in our Foundation distinction in 2002, and 2007 received the Zionsville Merchant’s Association Merit Award.
In 1983, Ralph served as a member of the Zionsville Citizens Advisory Committee for the Master Development Plan and in 1985 was a member of the Pathway Task Force. During this time, Ralph served as chairman of the Zionsville Board of Zoning Appeals and Vice-President of the Zionsville Plan Commission. He had the opportunity to serve as Director of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Inc., became a lifetime member and past President of the Zionsville Historical Society and current chairman of Century Structures Committee, past board member of the Patrick Henry Sullivan Foundation, Main Street Re-bricking Committee, co-chair of the Zionsville Sister Cities Committee, and 2002 was a facilitator of the Zionsville Sesquicentennial Celebration.
Ralph has been active with Boy Scouting, earning the Explorer Silver Award in 1959, becoming an Eagle Scout in 1960 and receiving the Silver Beaver Award in 1996 and has a lifetime membership in Crossroads of America Council and Boy Scouts of America Heritage Society.
The Zionsville Lions Club has been a major part of Ralph’s volunteer time with over 42 years, now as a Life Member and he serves on their Board of Directors. He has been awarded the Melvin Jones and W.P. Jones Fellowship in 2003 and 2005 and a Past President 2009.
In 1999, Ralph was elected Eagle Township Trustee and served two terms as a member of the Eagle Township Board. He was one of several people named “Distinguished Hoosier” by Governor Mitch Daniels for work on the Local Government Reorganization Committee. His public service continues today as a trustee for the Zionsville Alumni Association, Chairman of ZAA Soaring Eagle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Board Member of the Maplelawn Farmstead, and member of Boone County Senior Services, Inc. – Zionsville Advisory Committee.
In their spare time, Ralph and Jan enjoy traveling, especially to Europe and Hilton Head, S.C. as well as spending time at their circa 1833 log cabin in Decatur County. Ralph is proud to have served in clubs, boards and committees who hopefully will make a difference with the aim of serving and improving the quality of life in our community!
Nominated by James L. Haines, O.D.